Mormon Marriage

To Mormons, marriage is ordained of God and is intended to last throughout eternity. It is a sacred relationship between a man and woman and affects the happiness of the two in this mortal life and in the world to come. Only in the Mormon Temple can a husband and wife be sealed together in this life and in the eternities. This sealing or bonding together of husband and wife can only be done in the Mormon Temple by one having the proper authority.

In the Mormon Temple couples kneel at one of the sacred altars in the Temple where worthy family and friends may witness this sacred ordinance, which is made before God and two witnesses. They are pronounced husband and wife for time and eternity and is done by one who holds the priesthood of God and has been given the authority to perform the sacred ordinance of sealing. He acts under the direction of God and promises the couple the blessings of exaltation and gives instruction on the things they must do to receive these blessings. These blessings are contingent upon their obedience to the laws of God and to each other.

Mormons believe that we do not just live for this mortal life, but for eternity. This earth life is a ‘testing ground’ to prove ourselves worthy to return to live with our Father in Heaven, and Temple Marriage is a necessary step in achieving that goal.

They believe that the blessings derived from an eternal marriage can be theirs now as well as for eternity. The husband and wife know that their marriage can last forever, even though one may pass away before the other. Nothing can part that couple except disobedience. Because of this knowledge, Mormons believe that it helps them to work harder at creating a happy and successful marriage.

“Marriage is perhaps the most vital of all the decisions and has the most far-reaching effects…It affects not only the two people involved, but their children and…their children’s children…Of all the decisions, this one must not be wrong”, spoke President Spencer W. Kimball [Mormon prophet].1

http://www.ldschurchtemples.com/mormon/weddings/

http://lds.about.com/b/a/195142.htm


1 “Gospel Principles”, 1978, p244

  1. There are people (not Mormons) who believe that a husband and wife relationship continues in the next world! Look at the Chinese cemeteries and you will see that the tombs are built to accommodate both husbands and wives unless the person is single.

    I have heard couples, who are not close to each other, remarked that they do not want to be buried together, because they do not want to be husband and wife in the next life! I have also met couples, whereby one had died and the other remarked that he would like to go quickly and join her! How they must have love each other dearly.

    I have the opportunity to witness a temple marriage in the Manila temple. It is so beautiful.

    I have also been in the sealing room, to act as proxy for my maternal grandmother, and for many others who have gone beyond the veil. It was an experience that touched deep into my heart and strengthened my testimony of the gospel. I could feel my grandmother’s happiness and it made me cry.

    I look forward to the day when I can be married to a Mormon and sealed to him for time and eternity. I look forward to be sealed to my parents and my children as well.

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